Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Although I'm taking Roy Keane's quote out of context here, the sentiment is the same. Ever before you hit the shops, make a list of items that you actually need and take this list with you on your sale expedition.
The early bird catches the bargain
Sales mania is a horrible; all that pushing, shoving, disorder and heat makes for a most unpleasant shopping experience. Get to town early when bedlam is still in bed and you can shop in relative peace.
Wear comfortable footwear (preferably flat) and don't wear garments that have loads of buttons/fastenings. You'll quickly tire of changing rooms if you have to unfasten/refasten 10 buttons every time you want to try on an item.
Look for quality, not quantity
There is no better feeling than that of being laden down with shopping bags. There is no worse feeling of looking at a wardrobe packed with garments, yet you can't find anything to wear. Don't get carried away with impulse purchasing at the sales; only invest in classic items that are of good quality, well-cut and have no shop damage.
Try before you buy
Even though the queue for the changing room may be a mile long, make sure that you try on every garment that you intend purchasing. It may look good on the hangar but not on you.
A bargain isn't a bargain unless you really need it
Don't convince yourself that you really need something just because it has a "75% off" tag. Only purchase items that you really need.
Heed the conditions of sale
Before you purchase an item, make yourself aware of the retailer's conditions of sale. For example, most stores will not accept returns of sale goods.
Yours in style,
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Yours in style,
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Fed up with the 'shoenami' (geddit!) he faced every time he opened his wardrobe, Lloyd set up Tszuji, a web-based company offering quality shoe storage solutions.
I have a chronic OCD approach to wardrobe organisation, so when I heard a mention of shoe storage I immediately galloped over to the laptop to have a gawk at the goodies on offer on http://www.tszuji.co.uk/. And I wasn't disappointed! The site is extremely impressive - offering a vast range of clear shoe boxes, storage racks (free-standing and over-door), handbag storage, heel protectors and insoles, with the added comfort of a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.
I was particularly fascinated with the Rakku Shoe Wheel (pictured below), which stores up to 30 pairs of shoes. This product retails at £64.95 (ex. delivery) and is available in either black or silver. There are discounts availabe for multiple purchases (up to 4). Regardless of whether you own 1 or 10 or 100 pairs of shoes, I strongly recommend that you store your footwear carefully i.e. in a cool, dry place and protected from dust. If you're very good, you should stuff them with newspaper to preserve their shape, and clean them after every wear (following the manufacturers instructions re. leather, suede, patent etc.) so that they are ready for their next outing.
Back to Tszuji, my only criticism of them is the name of the website - it took me 3 or 4 tries on Google before I got the spelling right. Nonetheless, the destination more than made up for the bumpy journey, so to speak, and I have earmarked at least 3 items which I will be purchasing as Christmas gifts.
Yours in style,
Monday, December 14, 2009
Essentially a cardigan moonlighting as a coat, the Coatigan has been a celeb favourite for a few months now and there are a plethora of variations on the market to suit every shape, taste and budget.
Broadly speaking, there are 2 main Coatigan styles - chunky knit (think 'lagging jacket') and slim knit (think 'cozy sophistication').
This chunky woolly number (pictured below) is from Warehouse, http://www.warehouse.co.uk/. It is deliciously warm (especially on a frosty day like today) but could you imagine trying to wash it? The weight of the thing!
Choose if: You're cold obviously! This style suits anyone who is narrower on top (slim shoulders, small bust) as the bulky material won't make you look chunky.
Avoid if: You have broad shoulders or a large bust as ths style will only make you look bigger. Also, avoid this length if your hips are wide as this hem-length will draw attention to your hips.
This slim-line version from Marks and Spencers may not have the cuddly factor of the chunky Warehouse version, but it's imminently more washable and, dare I say, wearable.
Choose if: You need a classic Winter Warmer to throw on over almost any outfit. Most people can wear this shape very well as it drapes the figure beautifully, and the soft belt draws subtle attention to the waist.
Yours in style,
These aprons are stocked in selected stores nationwide (including Carrig Donn) as well as on Clodagh McKenna's website, http://www.clodaghmckenna.com/. I recently purchased a selection of these aprons from the website and I was delighted with the service and speedy delivery (Mr. DHL arrived on the doorstep less than 48 hours after I submitted my order).
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
If so, you might just be interested in a new store which has opened in Limerick in the past few days.
Be Fabulous is a high-end swap shop, specialising in new and nearly-new designer and high street clothing/accessories, at a fraction of the retail cost.
If you have high quality garments in your wardrobe that you never wear, why not trade them in at Be Fabulous. Alternatively, if you're looking for a gorgeous designer gúna without a designer price tag, this could be the place for you! With new stock arriving daily, I've a feeling that this place will become a veritable treasure trove for fashionistas and bargainistas alike!
A: 15 Shannon Street Limerick (opposite the entrance to the George Boutique Hotel)
Yours in style,
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Doctors at the Harley Medical Group (major UK cosmetic surgery operator) have experienced an influx of women looking have have Botox injected into the soles of their feet!
Are they hoping to eradicate wrinkles in their feet?
Are they hoping their feet will sweat less? (Botox is often used to stop excess sweating.)
Well what could they possibly want Botox for then?
Believe it or not, they're using Botox to prevent pain associated with wearing high heels! This new technique is known as "foot fillers" and costs a whopping £240 a go, for results that doctors say only last 2-3 months.
Now, I love my high heels as much as the next girl, but would I inject a poison into my feet to eradicate the associated pain? Not on your nelly!
Instead, I avoid all toe woes with following combination;
- Penneys' Foot Consolers*.
- Scholl Cooling Foot Spray.
- A supply of fabric plasters & Compeed blister plasters.
- A pair of flat shoes in my handbag (if all else fails).
- Basin of cool water (for bathing my feet when I get home).
Yours in style,
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Byron specialises in organising extravagant events for the most elite names in the entertainment industry (think Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, Diana Ross, Cannes Film Festival and so on), as well as organising weddings for high society names. And if that wasn't enough to manage, she is also President of The Wedding Salon, http://www.weddingsalon.com/, the world's premier luxury wedding showcase which takes place in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
No better women to headline "The Wedding Experience" at Adare Manor last Sunday then!
Organised by McEvents, The Wedding Experience is Ireland's most exclusive wedding showcase and Style By Caroline had the honour of being invited to participate at this event.
Five days on, I'm still struggling to find words to describe The Wedding Experience. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. Genuinely. I've been to tonnes of wedding fairs in my time but this was in another dimension altogether.
Silver platters laden with delicate canapés and decidant desserts were in copious supply (why is food so much tastier in fun-size form?). Fruit punch and mulled wine melted any Winter chills, and as for the fireworks (see I told you it was extravagant!), well, put simply, they were spectacular. Imagine, all this against the sumptuous 'gothic revival' backdrop of Adare Manor.
The unanimous highlight amongst brides-to-be was the wedding preparation workshop hosted by Tatiana Byron. Alas, I didn't pick up any star secrets as I was based far away in the Gallery (and conveniently close to Sue Cummins, wedding cake designer, who allowed me to indulge in chocolate cake all day) but every couple I met was full of praise for Tatiana.
As the evening drew to a close, I had the pleasure of meeting the lady of the hour and I must say I was hugely impressed by her charm, wit...and fantastic clothes! She even happily obliged my request for a photo...
I'll be put the photos from the rest of the day up on the Style By Caroline Facebook page shortly. They describe the day far better that I ever could.
Yours in style,